Annual Event and Bus & Walking Tours

Due to COVID restrictions, the bus and walking tours are temporarily suspended.  Currently, however, we are offering live-streamed Virtual Storytelling every Monday evening; or you can access this content on-demand in our Virtual Storytelling Catalog.

We are best-known for our Annual Event typically held in October, when we throw open the doors to 50-60 buildings in a couple of neighborhoods.  Visitors are provided behind-the-scenes access, some unique access or just the opportunity to explore inside the participating buildings.

We have expanded our tours offerings to include monthly historical bus tours and walking tours. Each tour presents a specific theme, and we unfold that theme as we visit each building along the tour route.

Anticipated Tours for 2021-2022

A Curator’s Tour

Get a glimpse into the world of art curating.  You will visit a handful of galleries in Downtown, providing you the opportunity to experience

Antique Skyscrapers’ Rooftops & Views

Due to popular demand during the 2019 annual event, DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh and host Mark Houser once again invite you to the top of

Behind-the-Scenes: Oakland

Similar to our annual downtown event, this DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh Specialty Tour gives you unique, rarely-seen experiences to explore some of Oakland’s most famous

Come As You Are: Rainbow History Tour

The LGBTQ+ community in Pittsburgh is considerable and proud, but there is more to it than what you might know. DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh will

Federal Courthouse Walking Tour

Once again, DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh collaborates with the Office of Public Art to provide you a curated experience inside the Federal Courthouse. This Courthouse

Freedom Seekers: Underground Railroad Tour

Pittsburgh was an important stop for hundreds of freedom-seeking slaves heading North in the years before the Civil War, providing a hidden network of

Houses of Freedom: Black Church Tour

Firsthand stories of how the black church has stood as the institution to build community, family, justice, and freedom. Black churches were a major

Intersections of Faith: Pittsburgh Prays Tour

Churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques—they dot the Pittsburgh landscape, but most of us have never been inside a house of worship other than our

Pittsburgh and Beyond: The Cemetery Tour

DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh and host Chris Whitlatch (of UniversalWit) will lead a tour through some of Pittsburgh’s most iconic final resting places. We will

Rocking the ‘Burgh: Pittsburgh Music Scene

Pittsburgh’s music scene has deep roots dating back to 1789, when British chorister, Edward Tyler, came to Pittsburgh to teach sacred vocal music, leading

Steel City Roots: Ethnic Neighborhood Tour

Poles, Hungarians, Italians, Czechs, Ukrainians, Croats—these are just some of the ethnic groups that emigrated to America between 1870 and 1910. These are the

Strange, but True: Pittsburgh Oddities Tour

If you are into the odd or wacky, or want to see a different side of Pittsburgh, this is the tour for you! You

Vintage Purse & Tea Party

Every purse tells a story!  Join us as we explore the history of the “purse” with local collector Megan Wojcik. We will talk about
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